Here's what you need to know today: February 3

GOOD morning everyone. Here's what you need to know in Gladstone today.

WEATHER

Gladstone is set for a partly cloudy day with the chance of showers and a top of 29 degrees. 

Winds will be from the south-eat at 20 to 30km/h turning easterly and 25 to 35km/h in the morning then east south-east and 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. 

Gladstone received 104.2mm of rain over the weekend, with 97.4mm falling on Saturday.

ROADS

Flood betterment works at Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd start today, weather permitting. Works to the bridge are expected to take about six weeks.

The road will be down to a single lane from 6am to 6pm weekdays during the works.

Gladstone Marina Bridge over Auckland Creek has re-opened to all vessels, motorists and pedestrians after works were completed.

Beach access to Lilley's Beach via the Boyne Treatment Plant is closed and will remain so until the council can remove large amounts of debris from the area.

HARBOUR

Gladstone Harbour re-opened to boat traffic on Saturday after being closed for a number of days because of bad weather.

IN THE NEWS

Queensland: Maleny Dairies has voluntarily recalled several of its milk products after in-house testing discovered possible E.coli contamination.

A 21-year-old Nobby man collapsed and died after a triathlon at Goondiwindi at the weekend. 

Queensland's third cyclone in less than a week is threatening to form in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

National: A building believed to be linked to the Nomads bikie gang has been destroyed by fire at Byron Bay.

The leaders of some of Australia's top companies are split on whether 2014 will be a good year for doing business.

The Coalition has seized on new figures that show the hourly cost of long day care has increased by 50 per cent since 2007.

World: The death toll from an Indonesian volcano that erupted on Saturday rose to 16, with more feared dead or missing.

 The Pakistani Taliban wants cricket legend Imran Khan to represent them in peace talks with the government.

Entertainment: Tributes have flooded in for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his home in New York this morning.

Sport: Andy Flower has stepped down as coach of the English cricket team

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1547 - England's King Henry VIII died. He was succeeded by his nine-year-old son, Edward VI.
  • 1788 - The first British penal settlement was founded at Botany Bay.
  • 1986 - The US space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crew members were killed.
     


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